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Smoking a pork shoulder / butt. To brine or not to brine? Your suggestion?

chef jimmyj

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I honestly have never tried it. Kind of, "gilding the Lily ", Butts are so moist and tender that I never saw a need. If it is large, 7-8Lb, cut it in half and try both methods...JJ


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Joined Jun 4, 2011
Never have done that.Curious for some responses.I have start red to go in the other direction lately. Less is more. Am open to anything though.


Master of the Pit
Joined Jan 17, 2013
I have not done a lot of pork butts and have never brined one.  I have injected and got great results.  ChefJimmyJ posted a great idea above though.

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